BHS Girls Volleyball Coach Arrested On Felony Sex Charges Against Underage Team Members

By On June 18, 2015

Burbank High School Girls Volleyball Coach Kyle Roach, age 28, was arrested Thursday, June 18, on three felony charges connected to a sexual relationship with a former player and soliciting nude photos of current BHS Volleyball team members, said Sergeant Adam Cornils of the Burbank Police Department.

Burbank High School Girls Volleyball Coach Kyle Roach during a Burbank vs. Burroughs game on November 5, 2014. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High School Girls Volleyball Coach Kyle Roach during a Burbank vs. Burroughs game on November 5, 2014. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“It is believed that Roach initiated numerous sexually-related text message communications with current members of the Burbank High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Team,” Cornils announced in a statement released by the BPD just before 6:00 p.m. today.

“Roach used text messages and social media phone applications, anonymously, to solicit nude photos from underage females.”

According to Cornils, two BHS students contacted the police and filed a report when they began to suspect the communications were initiated by Roach, their coach.

The investigation also resulted in the identification of an additional victim who claims to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with Roach while she was under 18, the Sergeant added. This unidentified victim is now an adult and no longer attends Burbank High School.

Roach, a resident of Glendale, was arrested and booked for felony violations of three California Penal Codes: 288 a(b)(1),  311.11(a) and 647.6. Filing of this case with the District Attorney’s Office is pending. Due to the age of the victims, no further information will be released at this time.

Incoming Burbank Unified School District Superintendent Matt Hill responded to a request for comment, stating, “We are cooperating with the police and we don’t comment on personnel matters.”

Roach was arrested this morning at 8:45 a.m. and booked at 10:25 a.m. He was released this same afternoon at 3:09 p.m. on $50,000 bail.

Anyone who may have further information, or believes they may be a victim, should contact the Burbank Police Department at (818) 238-3000.